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Wednesday Churn: SBE ready?

What’s churning:

The State Board of Education may reveal its choice for commissioner of education at a 4:15 p.m. meeting Thursday.

The meeting was announced Tuesday afternoon “to consider the appointment or employment of a public official.”

The board held several closed meetings last week to interview candidates and another on Tuesday to discuss things. The board’s timetable has called for selecting a candidate by May in hopes the new commissioner could start work July 1.

Members have done a good job of keeping their proceedings secret. No reliable gossip about their possible choice is circulating in education circles, although the board is believed to have interviewed about half a dozen candidates last week, including a selection of Colorado, out-of-state, traditional and non-traditional candidates.

What’s on tap:

The St. Vrain school board will have a joint study session with the Frederick City Council at 6 p.m. at High School, 600 Fifth St.

The Adams 12-Five Star school board meets at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room of the Education Conference Center of district headquarters, 1500 E. 128th Ave. in Thornton. Agenda

Good reads from elsewhere:

Popular draw: Douglas County’s pilot voucher plan has attracted applications from 27 private schools, 19 of them religious. Denver Post.

Going online: Budget cuts are prompting some schools to offer advanced classes, which typically serve smaller numbers of students, via computer. Wall Street Journal.

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